How about the skill, the ability and the difference?

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  1. VnhumR

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    In simple words, skill is something which has been learnt and can be seen most of the time in work. For example, a vehicle mechanic has the skill to understand and fix vehicle problems. that's apparent.

    Ability is a mix of skills, attitude, knowledge and behaviour. Now if the same vehicle mechanic goes one step ahead and does something extra with the vehicle which delights the customer that is competency.

    Its like an iceberg model. What you see on the top is basic skills, IQ and knowledge.
    What is beneath the surface is a mixture of knowledge EQ, skills, behaviours i.e competence.

    To measure competency, there are several ways. Simple task- as HR you have to identify the competencies which the profile (the workman's profile) needs to complete the task in a manner and then you have to assess whether the person sitting in that profile exhibits the competency to what degree.
    There are a lot of entries, articles...on webs, forum discussing on this topic, however there are also different individual points so let share your opinion for everyone here ;)
     
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    Actually, I would reverse your definition in the post above. To use the same example as you did, someone who goes to school to learn to be an auto mechanic has the ability to fix a vehicle, but someone who has enough experience to be able to tell what's wrong with a vehicle by listening to the engine - now that takes skill. The ability to do something can be not only taught in school, but passed down from generation to generation, in cultures as well as families. But, it takes years of practice and experience to have the skill to be the best.
     
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    Before getting the good ability, need to study and practice to get the good skill :D, thank mod very much :)
     
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    Dictionary.com defines "ability" as "competence in an activity or occupation because of one's skill, training, or other qualification". You can therefore have the ability to perform certain tasks because you have been trained to do them. "Skill", however, is defined not just as "competence" but as "competent excellence" and as "a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience". You must, therefore have experience to be called "skilled".
     
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    A person possessing basic amount of knowledge to do a certain kind of work is said to be an able person for that particular profile. While for a skilled person, it can be stated that he or she posses the ample amount of knowledge to undertake a task & to deliver it in a best possible manner.

    A Motor Mechanic might be able enough to fix your car, but telling what exactly went wrong with your car, states that how skilled the particular person is.
     
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    Skills are the proficiencies developed through training or experience. Using the ADDIE example, the employee has demonstrated skills in applying the ADDIE model when designing training programs. Skills are usually something that has been learned. So, we can develop our skills through the transfer of knowledge.
    Abilities are the qualities of being able to do something. There is a fine line between skills and abilities. Most people would say the differentiator is whether the thing in question was learned or innate. I think of organization and prioritization as abilities that can help an employee develop their instructional design skills.
     

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